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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3232..

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4: Ms Bresnan Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Mr Rattenbury

Noes 11: Mr Barr Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Coe Mr Corbell Mr Doszpot
Mrs Dunne Mr Hargreaves Ms Porter Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the negative.

Payroll tax administration

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) affirms its commitment to all ACT businesses paying their payroll tax obligations in accordance with ACT law;

(2) notes that:

(a) the Government presented a bill on 6 December 2007 to align the ACT's payroll tax legislation with those applying in NSW and Victoria;

(b) the bill was passed on 17 March 2008;

(c) since that time, there has been increasing consternation within the ACT business community about how the ACT Revenue Office has been applying the amended Act;

(d) there are concerns in the business community:

(i) about the delay in the ACT Revenue Office making decisions on payroll tax matters;

(ii) that the ACT Revenue Office is not accepting decisions made by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal;

(iii) that the ACT Revenue Office changes its position on matters relating to payroll tax administration;

(iv) about the approach of the ACT Revenue Office to the interpretation of the payroll tax legislation; and

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